Alessandro Scarlatti: Missa defunctorum

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Alessandro Scarlatti: Missa defunctorum


Gramophone Awards 2017

Shortlisted - Baroque Vocal

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2017



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23rd Sept 2016




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Alessandro Scarlatti: Missa defunctorum

Scarlatti, A:

Missa Defunctorum



Salve Regina

Odhecaton, Paolo Da Col


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This recording is a discovery of Alessandro Scarlatti’s heretofore unknown sacred music, where Renaissance tradition meets Baroque sensibility for a unique and compelling recording. At the core of Odhecaton’s latest offering is the Missa defunctorum for four voices and basso continuo. It is in this magnificent score – recorded for the first time using the critical edition of Luca Della Libera – that primarily contrapuntal writing gives way to Scarlatti’s stylistic choices of great expressivity and rhetorical force, such as in the case of the astonishing Lacrimosa. The Miserere is also recorded for the first time. Written for nine voices for the Sistine Chapel, the score follows Allegri’s model only outwardly; Scarlatti, in fact, moves steadily away from it through his harmonic originality, formal richness, and expressivity. The Magnificat displays a unique synthesis of the Palestrinian model and the expressive language of the eighteenth century. In this score, Scarlatti exploits the great wealth and variety of the Marian text, particularly in the relationship between words and the emotional and descriptive spheres.

Alessandro Scarlatti: Missa Defunctorum




Sequentia: Dies irae

Sequentia: Lacrimosa



Agnus Dei


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Concerti sacri, motetti … e Salve regina

Alessandro Scarlatti: Miserere mei Deus, miserere

Miserere mei Deus, miserere

Alessandro Scarlatti: Magnificat


Quia respexit

Quia fecit

Fecit potentiam

Deposuit potentes

Esurientes implevit bonis

Sicut locutus est

Gloria Patri

Gramophone Magazine

January 2017

“The interweaving voices produce an attractive juxtaposition of density and transparency. Texts are declaimed crisply yet sensitively, melismatic vowels possess compassionate luminosity, and plangent contrapuntal contours illuminate Scarlatti’s harmonic chiaroscuro. The highlight is the chromatically charged ‘Lacrimosa’, its exquisite dissonances and harmonic twists redolent of Gesualdo.”

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